Police: 1 dead in helicopter accident in Puerto Rico

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Posted: Jan 10, 2015 3:37 PM
Police: 1 dead in helicopter accident in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A helicopter crashed Saturday morning in waters near Puerto Rico's capital, killing at least one person, police said.

Authorities said the accident occurred near the ferry terminal in the coastal community of Catano. They identified it as a Robinson helicopter that belonged to Vertical Solutions, a local tour and charter company. The helicopter apparently was being used as part of a training exercise when it crashed, said officers.

Police initially said two people died but later said there was only one victim. They identified him as 59-year-old Javier Acosta Rosa of the northern Puerto Rican municipality of Bayamon.

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Authorities said officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were recovering the helicopter from the water.

The Catano ferry crosses the San Juan Bay and is popular with tourists and locals alike who seek to travel between historic Old San Juan and the Bacardi rum factory in Catano.